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Q and A With Seth Rogen

The actor and producer talks to us about his new film 50/50, cancer, and who he'd choose for a roommate if he were stuck in the hospital for six months.


Is a daily dose of laughter the key to good health?

I laugh a lot. And I feel relatively healthy. Not sure I look like it…

What is your best health habit? Your worst?

My "best health habit"? Oh, man, this interview is making me realize how unhealthy I am! [laughs] I try to exercise somewhat regularly. I drink a lot of water. I don't drink sugary beverages.

During your Green Hornet [2011] days you dropped 30 lbs for the role. Was it difficult to do, and have you maintained the weight loss?

Let's say I've found a happy middle ground. OK! I'm not eating as well as I used to! Now you're making me feel bad! I feel like I'm talking to my grandmother!

What's your relationship with exercise now?

I use an elliptical machine, because I hate running. I hate exercising. So I have to do it in ways that I'm tricking myself that I'm not doing it. Anything I can do in front of a television or while playing a video game automatically works better for me. Anything that requires me leaving my house also is not good.

Which sense -- sight, hearing, taste, touch or smell -- do you most value, and why?

Probably sight, because that's the one I rely on the most. If I can keep one, that's the one I would keep.

You've got a few upcoming films this year -- Paul, Take This Waltz, plus a short written and directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch -- and you'll appear opposite Barbra Streisand in My Mother's Curse in 2012. Are you taking any time off? When and how do you relax?

I watch a lot of TV with my fiancé. I play video games. We go out to dinner. I cook.

Are you a good cook?

I'm getting better!

One last question: If you were convalescing in a hospital bed for six months and you could choose anyone from history, past or present, for a roommate, who would it be, and why?

Anyone? Groucho Marx! He'd be funny and interesting to talk to, the forefather of modern comedy.

Reviewed on June 14, 2011

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